Part-time academic workers, who experience economic injustice on
a daily basis, figure prominently in the CFT-endorsed Occupy Wall
Street and Refund California movements as they call for better
pay and working conditions, more robust funding for public
services, and an end to the privilege enjoyed by corporations and
Larissa Dorman, part-time political science professor at San
Diego City College, describes her activism as rooted in her
experiences as an advisor to student clubs, an instructor, and a
Could the dream of “equal pay for equal work” become a reality for contingent faculty in California? It could if CFT is successful in promoting the passage of progressive legislation, as part of the national AFT campaign to address the academic staffing crisis in higher education.
One of the principles of the the newly introduced Faculty and College Excellence Act (AB 1343, Mendoza, D-Artesia) is pro rata pay — and benefits equal to that of tenured and tenure-track faculty doing comparable work.
The largest-ever mobilization of part-time faculty, full-time
faculty, and everyone in the union led to the governor’s
October 8 signature on the much heralded part-time faculty
“bill of rights,” the most comprehensive package of improvements
for part-time faculty to date.